Walking the Spiral

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets

I love this poem. I used it for the end of my dissertation, and for so many other times and places of return.  The idea that we will arrive where we started, and know the place for the firs time. Initially this idea was very distressing.

I used to say, “Well I guess I just have to keep doing it over till I get it right.” It was a statement about falling short. I graded it as a failure at the game of life.One day, a few months after my return to Texas, I once again found myself doing the same old thing. I was disappointed in myself. Here I was again.

Then, I felt my invisible teacher, Isaiah, smiling.What is it, I asked. “Do you not yet see,” he said, “Step back for a moment and look differently. Ask yourself, is this exactly what you have done before? Have you not yet realized that you bring all of the information, all of the experiences, and a somewhat different perspective to this now. Your journey is not an endless circle, rather, you are walking on a spiral. You continue to change and grow bit by bit, step by step, because of your willingness to look, see, and hold your Self more consciously.  Awakening may come with a blinding flash of insight, or gradually as you come to more of your self. Whichever it is you still need to continue. Taking small steps forward, listening for guidance, building bridges and weaving Wisdom into the spiral dance of life.”

With all this in mind, please read it again.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets

It is pure alchemy isn’t it?  Your thoughts?

Walking Soul’s Spiral Retreat Series: What inspires you?

Stepping into Sacred Space: Welcoming Inspiration

A weekend retreat inviting you to pause and listen deeply.

What inspires you, gives you the fire to take action?
What stops you?
What is required so your dreams and longing
find form and are fulfilled?
What happens if you set aside time excavate buried dreams and dream new ones?
Can you see what keeps getting in the way?

Do you dare take the next steps
to live into the unique space belonging only to you,
listen for whispered secrets, and unlock forbidden passages?

Come, lets ask these and other questions together.
We can meet in sacred space, honor wisdom by listening, as you
respond to imagination’s call.

Welcoming Inspiration is the first 2012 Walking Soul’s Spiral Retreat Series
Spring
Friday April 20  7:00 – 9:00
Saturday April 21 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday April 22 10:00 – 3:00 ish
 

Each retreat is self contained but is ideally experienced as a part of a year-long practice-series. The retreats are designed to be intimate, in-depth experiences.
Each Quarter a retreat re-focuses and encourages small steps and unexpected leaps.
Summer– Celebrating Creation – July
Fall– Embracing Reflections-October
Winter -Honoring Completions- January
Facilitator: Jo Todd PhD

Registration:
Each retreat $225.00
4 retreat package includes a 10% discount $810.00
We accept paypal, credit cards, checks
Retreat sessions will be at The Healing Alliance, Austin, TX
To reserve for place or for more information please contact jotoddphd@gmail.com or  call 512-680-1540

Link

J. K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard Commencement Address

I received the email below, decided she was right. This is a wonderful film for this blog.  I hope you are as inspired as I was. It is not new, but well worth viewing if you have not seen it. Let me know what you think. Any other suggestions for favorite films/talks/videos?

Hi Jo,

I think this could be another film for your blog?

It certainly has helped me look at my failure differently – even made me cry.

A brilliant speech by J.K. Rowling – author of Harry Potter.